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 THE TIME IS NOW          JULY, 14 2011  
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The Time Is Now...here's your weekly poetry and fiction prompts to keep you writing all year long. Let's get to it!   

POETRY PROMPT

Make a list of the names of your family members and friends. Use all of them to create a poem. Try writing a tiny letter to each name, using free association to link each name with another word, or describing each briefly as if it were a character or object. 

 

FICTION PROMPT
Choose a unique historical moment, the first that comes to mind: the Crimean War, the first lunar landing, the invention of the wheel, or something seemingly less dramatic, such as the building of the first traffic light. Then spend some time researching the moment you chose--dig into a few sources, make a page of notes. Create a character who lives on the periphery of the event--a witness or minor player, yet someone living at the intersection of history. The character can be swept up by the event or remotely affected, battle against it or be its biggest cheerleader. Write his or her story. 

 

THE BEST BOOKS FOR WRITERS
Each week we recommend a book--a newly published title or an invaluable classic--that will help you on your writing journey. This week's pick:   

The Lonely Voice 
The Lonely Voice: A Study of the Short Story (Melville House Books, 2011) by Frank O'Connor
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